Attorney Thomas J. Waters - Fraser Trebilcock...

Thomas J. Waters

Shareholder / Lansing


  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1984)
  • Marquette University (B.A., 1981)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Thomas J. Waters has crafted a unique practice which encompasses energy and utility law, environmental law and negotiating and closing complex commercial transactions.

For over 30 years, Tom has represented hydroelectric, natural gas, landfill gas, coal and biomass fueled generating facilities before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy.

Tom successfully lobbied the Michigan legislature to enact legislation correcting a multi-million dollar shortfall in fuel and variable O&M payments to non-utility generators of electricity. He has also negotiated numerous contracts and contract amendments for PURPA Qualifying Facilities and other non-utility generators.

Uniquely, Tom permitted and built two of his own diesel fueled fired electric-generating peaking power under a contract to a Michigan utility. Additionally, in July of 2000, the City of Mackinac Island contacted Tom when the underwater electric cable serving the island failed and left the island without power at the height of its tourist season. In thirty-six hours, Tom permitted and built a generating station to provide electricity to the island, bringing all generators, transformers and fueling equipment to the island by barge. That facility then supplied power to the island for six weeks until new underwater cable could be brought in from overseas.

Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
Honors & Distinctions
  • AV© peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as a '2021 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Energy Law; Environmental Law; Public Utilities Law: Gas/Water/Electric; first named in 2018
  • Law Clerk, Honorable R. James Harvey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1984-1986)
  • Articles Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation
  • Listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Elected to Fraser Trebilcock's Board of Directors, Treasurer & Secretary (2019)